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LOD Subway Series Preview: Yankees To Meet The Mets For Two Game Set

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The New York Yankees and the New York Mets will faceoff against each other on Tuesday night at Citi Field, for their first meeting in 2024.

Both teams will meet for the 142nd time in the regular season, and the Yankees have the edge with an 80-62 record against their crosstown rivals dating back to. Since 2018, both teams have split their seasonal series, except for 2021, when the Mets won 4 of the 6 games in their head to head matchup.

Yankees

The Yankees are 52-28, and sit at the top of the AL East division, with a two game lead over the Baltimore Orioles (49-29). New York is 3-7 over their last 10 games, and 12-9 so far in the month of June, after finishing the month of May at 21-7. The Yankees are the second best scoring team in baseball with 399 runs scored, and in the Top 5 in the majors, with allowing just 290 runs to score. They have almost an identical home/away record as they are 24-14 in the Bronx and 28-14 on the road.

Mets

The Mets are 37-39, and sit in fourth place in the NL East division, 13.5 games out of first. They are 8-2, in their last 10 games, and 13-6 so far in the month of June. From June 9th to June 18th, they enjoyed a 7-game winning streak, that pulled them within two game of .500 baseball at 35-37. The Mets have scored 354 runs, which ranks 13th in the majors, and sixth in the National League, while allowing just as many runs (334). The Amazin’s are 18-23 at home, but sport a better record on the road at 19-16.

Game 1 – Starting Pitching Matchup

The Yankees will send Gerrit Cole to the mound, for his second start of 2024. In his season debut, after recovering from Right elbow inflammation, that he suffered during spring training, Cole tossed four innings against the Baltimore Orioles. Against the Mets, Cole is 2-2, with a 5.89 ERA, and 42 strikeouts, spanning seven appearances. Current Mets roster has not fared well against the Yankees Ace, as they are 23 for 134 (.172 BA).

The Mets counter with David Peterson, who is 3-0, with a 4.08 ERA in 2024. The southpaw has also worked himself back from injury as he suffered a Torn labrum in left hip during spring training, keeping him on the DL until his May 29th start. He did not earn the victory in his season debut, but his following three starts he was on the winning side. Against the Yankees, he has no decision in two games, but has a 10.38 ERA with four strikeouts, spanning 4.1 innings pitched.

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Game 2 – Starting Pitching Matchup

The Yankees will send Luis Gil to the Flushing mound, looking for his 10th win on the season. Gil, has started 15 games, and is 9-2, with a 2.77 ERA. He was 1-1 in the month of April, then went 6-0 in May, with a 0.70 ERA. June has not been as friendly to Gil, as he is 2-1, with a 5.50 ERA. His worst game of the season, came in his last start against the Orioles, as he allowed seven runs on eight hits over 1.1 innings pitched. He has yet to face the Mets, but JD Martinez is 1 for 2 against him and Dave Stewart is 0-2.

Sean Manea will take the ball for the Mets, as he is looking for his second win in June, as he sports a 4-3 record, with a 4.16 ERA through 14 starts. Manea opened his season with a 1-hit inning gem, where he didn’t allow a run and struck out eight batters. But since has struggled with his control at times, but managed to pitch in and out of trouble in most of his starts. Out of his 14 starts, just two did he not get out of the fourth inning. As a member of the Oakland A’s. Manea faced the Yankees and was 1-3, with a 4.46ERA and 40 strikeouts in six appearances. Against the lefty, Aaron Jude is 5 for 12 (.417), with two home runs, Trent Grisham is 3 for 7 (.429) and DJ LeMahieu is 3 for 8 (.375).

The Offense

Yankees

Aaron Judge is having another massive season, as he has 28 home runs and 70 RBIs through 78 games. A healthy Judge is a great sign for Yankees fans. In 2023, he played in just 106 games and still hit 36 home runs, but his biggest out put in both games played and home runs came in 2022, when he appeared in 157 games and 62 bombs over the fence. That season, he hit 33 home runs at the break, which places Judge in a position to smash that pace in the next two weeks.

Newcomer Juan Soto is putting up his own massive numbers, as he has 18 home runs through June 24th and is ahead of his pace to surpass his high of 35 home runs in season. That feat came in 2023, and he had 15 home runs at the break. Soto is not as hot as he was from April to May, as he has cooled down a bit as the summer months have heated up, but he is still a power threat in the Yankees lineup.

Giancarlo Stanton rounds out the bomber power bats, as he too currently has 18 home runs, but is currently sidelined with a left hamstring strain, dating back to June 23rd. He is just eight home runs shy of the 26 he hit in 2017 prior to the All Star break, in a season where he hit 59 home runs.

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Mets

Brandon Nimmo, who hit a career high 24 home runs in 2023, has 11 through June 24th and on track to surpass his Pre-All star total of 13 home runs at the break.

Francisco Lindor started out real slow, but over the last month he is batting .306, and the last seven games he is at .345. With 13 home runs thus far in 2024, he is just six home runs away from his 2023 All Star break total of 19.

Pete Alonso is putting up vintage Polar Bear numbers as he sits at 16 home runs, which is 10 less then his 2023 Pre-All Star totals, a season where he hit 46 home runs. He recently had a 7-game hitting streak, which pushed his batting average up, as he continues on an upward trend in that category.

J.D. Martinez has been a pleasant surprise for the Mets as he is batting .290, with nine home runs, through 50 games. Martinez has hit safely in 9 of his last 11 games, with four doubles, four home runs and 14 RBIs.

Mark Vientos has been a solid bat in the lineup, as he is batting .289, with seven home runs through 33 games. He took over third base, after Bret Baty’s offensive struggles, and Vientos has not looked back, cementing himself in the Mets lineup. Last week against the Texas Rangers, he had back to back 3-hit games, and on Sunday, he hit a 451 foot bomb over the center field fence at Wrigley Field.

Francisco Alvarez is back and the Mets offense is on again. The Mets catcher is batting .361 since his return from the DL and currently has a six game hitting streak.

Bullpen

Yankees

Luke Weaver has done well for the Yankees, appearing in 29 games out of the pen, while posting a 4-1 record, and a 2.62 ERA.

Michael Tonkin is 1-1, with a 1.07 ERA through 19 games.

Clay Holmes has 19 saves in 23 save opportunities, and posts a 2.45 ERA.

Mets

Reed Garrett has been a huge help in a bullpen looking for their identity. Garrett is 7-2, with a 2.95 ERA, and three saves, through 29 appearances. He may be getting a bit more opportunities to save games for the Mets, as closer Edwin Diaz was suspended 10 games for having a sticky substance on his hands during Sunday’s game in Chicago.

Drew Smith came off the DL on June 2, and since he has allowed just three runs over his last 7.2 innings in relief.

Summary

The Yankees have been the best team in baseball for a good part of the first half of the season. But with a 12-9 June, they are coming back down to earth. As for the Mets, they are finally playing better baseball as the offense has woken up and the bullpen has done a much better job keeping the team in games and not wasting leads for the starters.

With the possible loss of Stanton for this series, the Yankees lose a potent bat in their lineup, but they still have Judge and Soto and a supporting cast that know how to get on base and score runs.

With the loss of Diaz, the Mets will have to rely on Smith, Garrett and Adam Ottavino, who have experience closing games, but none of the three have any saves over the last 15 games. Lefty Jake Diekman, may also be in that mix, as he has three saves in five chances.

The Subway Series always brings out the best from both teams, and this will be no different as the Yankees look to send a message that they are still the Kings of the city, as the Mets look to keep winning games and make it back to .500 ball.

David is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®, as well as a Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. David was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline.com, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com that spanned from 2010 to 2014. David made his MLB Debut as a writer in June 2014, while covering the NY Mets at Citi Field, for MetsmerizedOnline.com. David also managed his Cape Coral 16U Rec Ball team for the past two seasons and on May 13, 2024 they won their league Championship. On May 15th, David started the first ever Legends on Deck 16U Travel Baseball team in SWFL. David's passion is teaching the game he loves to the future Legends of Tomorrow as well as making available a website that people can have fun sharing and reading. David is also passionate about his career as a Mortgage Loan Officer which allows him to help many families reach their dreams of owning a home. Connect with David via his Social Media pages as he loves to chat all about baseball.

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